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Remove Movies Toolbar & Search.ask.com Homepage (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)

Movies Toolbar abruptly appears within your web browser and homepage redirected to search.ask.com? In this article you will find how to remove Movies Toolbar and search.ask.com homepage with details.

 

What is Movies Toolbar and search.ask.com?

 

Movies Toolbar is a browser hijacker, classified as PUP (potentially unwanted program) by the industry, because it adds its browser add-on and changes default homepage, search engine to ask.com without user’s permission or even knowledge. Very often Movies Toolbar comes together with search.ask.com homepage, both owned by Bandoo Media.

 

The image of Movies Toolbar

movies toolbar in Firefox

 

Typically, the appearance of Movies Toolbar and search.ask.com hijacking your web browser including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome results from installing some freeware downloaded from the Internet, such as ilivid.

The image of Movies Toolbar bundled with Ilivid

Movies toolbar promoted by ilivid install

 

Once installed, Movies Toolbar takes over the web browser and hijacks the web search with search.ask.com homepage and ask.com search engine. Whenever you open your web browser, you seems to be forced to use the ask.com search services no matter what you choose to search.

As such, Movies toolbar and search.ask.com serves as ads-supporting platform to promote sponsored websites ranking via black SEO techniques and display sponsored ads. As a result of installing Movies toolbar and search.ask.com hijacking, floods of ads from nowhere within your web browser would annoy your web search and compromise your online security. Then, when it comes to online security, you may wonder whether Movies Toolbar & Search.ask.com is a virus or malware.

 

Is Movies Toolbar & Search.ask.com a virus or malware? 

 

Movies Toolbar & Search.ask.com is neither a virus, nor a malware. However, it is definitely not safe to use or keep.

As we mentioned above, Movies Toolbar & search.ask.com is a browser hijacker, serving as a platform to promote sponsored websites ranking and display advertisements. What’s more important, many browser hijackers use tracking cookies or even java scripts to pilfer user’s identity information, search habits, and other important information alike. And this Movies toolbar and search.ask.com is with no exception.

movies toolbar permission

 

Needless to mention the sneaky distribution and annoying redirects/hijacking, Movies toolbar and search.ask.com is not a good thing to use and keep, for assured. Remove it upon sight.

 

Below is a removal guide to get rid of Movies toolbar and search.ask.com hijacker.

 

To keep away from Movies toolbar and search.ask.com, you can take below measures into practice:

 

♥ 1. Use caution when surfing online. Basically you should ensure turn on security features of your web browser (see detailed instructions to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Chrome). Or you can also make full use of some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker (download) to block any tricky pop up ads or risky/phishing websites to trick you into downloading PUP or even malware.

♥ 2. Use caution when you do need to install some freeware from the Internet, ensure it is malware-free also with no extra bundles.

♥ 3. Pay close attention when you are installing some freeware from the Internet. Always opt for custom install instead of continuing hitting next step and finally find unwanted programs are bundled.

♥ 4. During the install, be attentive about pre-checked items. If anything unwanted or suspiciously risky, uncheck it to continue the install.

♥ 5. Chances are some PUP still installed even after you deselect it to install. Then, the last solution would be to uninstall the PUP and the bundling software.

♥ 6. Regularly maintain system using some tool like Cloud System Booster to keep your system clean from any malicious tracking cookies and java scripts which are mostly likely to compromise your privacy security online.

Please note, to completely fix issues caused by browser hijackers like Movies Toolbar & search.ask.com, you need to not only uninstall the bundling PUPs but also repair browser settings at the same time. In this regard, see below removal guide for more details. Good luck and be safe online.

 

 

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How to Get Rid of Movies Toolbar & Search.ask.com (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)

 

Step 1. Remove hidden components using Antimalware

Step 2. Uninstall Movies toolbar and related PUP from computer

Step 3. Remove search.ask.com from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

Step 4. Remove tracking cookies, junk leftovers and maintain system performance

Step 5. Block malicious websites and pop up ads using Anvi Ad Blocker

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Step 1. Remove hidden components using Antimalware

To facilitate the afterward removal and ensure the computer is clean from any hidden components of the infection, it is necessary to use Antimalware/antivirus scan and removal. Here we use the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender as an example for demonstration purpose. You can also take a try by following below steps:

Anvi Smart Defeder free version Download: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

Anvi Smart Defender Pro version: http://www.dotfab.com/asdupgrade.php

 

remove movies toolbar components using Anvi Smart Defender

 

Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Switch to the second tab-the scan tab and click on Full Scan button. 3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.

 

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Step 2. Uninstall Movies toolbar and related PUP from computer

 

Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:

Option 1. Automatic Uninstall–Uninstall Movies toolbar and Related PUP using Anvi Uninstaller

Option 2. Manual Uninstall–Uninstall Movies toolbar and Related PUP from Control Panel 

 

Tips: If you can not figure out which software is related to Movies toolbar and search.ask.com, it is a good idea to remove all programs installed on the date that you firstly detect the presence of Movies toolbar and search.ask.com within your web browser.

 

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Option 1. Automatic Uninstall

 

Anvi Uninstaller featured in Cloud System Booster contains a Recently Installed Tab can help you conveniently find the related PUP from recently installed program list to uninstall.

 

To use Anvi Uninstaller, you can follow below steps:

1. Download and install the Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster free version download: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Cloud System Booster pro version: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

2. Start it and click on Toolbox at the bottom of the main screen to access where you can locate Anvi Uninstaller to Download and Run.

3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the related programs to uninstall.

Anvi Uninstaller

Note:  The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to popup ads or browser hijacker.

Then you will see below window

Anvi Uninstall

delete leftovers of movies toolbar from computer using Anvi Uninstaller

Please note that here the process 3 is only available for Pro version users. This step can help you clean out those left files, mainly registry entries of the uninstalled PUP.

And if you want this, you can conveniently purchase the Cloud System Booster here:  http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

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Option 2. Manually uninstall Movies toolbar and Related PUP from Control Panel

 

Some adware or PUP related will install its program to the Control Panel. To remove it, you can:

For Win 8 users: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate Movies Toolbar and related PUP → right click on the icon→ Click Uninstall from the appeared toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start →Click Control Panel → Locate Programs, and click Uninstall a program→ find Movies toolbar and related PUP from the opened list → Locate the item you want to uninstall and right click to open the dropped menu, where you need to click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.

uninstall Movies toolbar from computer

 

For Windows xp:  Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find Movies toolbar and related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.

 

 

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Step 3. Remove Movies Toolbar and search.ask.com from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

 

Choose an option below:

Option 1. Automatic Removal using Anvi Slim Toolbar

Highly recommended for users who have installed multiple web browsers

Option 2. Manual Removal

 

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Option 1. Automatic Removal

 

To remove search redirects from web browser, generally there are mainly three aspects in fixing browser settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome: remove add-on and related search engine, fix the homepage. Now to conveniently repair the browser settings, you can use this tool-Anvi Slim Toolbar. (download: www.dotfab.com/download_ast.html )

 

Instructions: 1. Download and install 2. Start the program and click Manage on its main screen. 3. Find and locate related/unwanted browser add-on and remove it from the appeared list. 4. Switch to the main screen and click Repair button to repair the homepage and search engine in IE, Firefox and Chrome.

 

Remove Movies toolbar and other unwanted browser extensions using Anvi Slim Toolbar

remove movies toolbar from IE-firefox-chrome using Anvi Slim Toolbar

Reset homepage and search engine using Anvi Slim Toolbar

Slim toolbar browser repair delta search

 

 

 

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Option 2. Manual Removal

 

For Google Chrome users

For Mozilla Firefox users

For Internet Explorer users

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chromeGoogle Chrome

 

1. Remove extension

Open Google Chrome and click bars icon to navigate to toolbars and extensions, find related or unwanted extensions to locate and click on the Trash can icon to remove it.

remove movies extension from chrome

 

 

Please note, in some cases, this movies toolbar will be removed from Google Chrome if you successfully remove the Movies Toolbar for Chrome from computer’s control panel.

 

2. Remove unwanted startup page

Click Settings at the left menu, find On startup area and click set page

change startup page in chrome

 

Then Locate the homepage and click X to remove the search.ask.com.

remove ask com startup page from chrome

 

3. Remove unwanted homepage

Then locate the Appearance area, click Change.

remove ask-com homepage from chrome

 

Then remove the url from the text box. Click OK to save the change and exit.

remove ask-com homepage from chrome2

 

4. Remove related search engine 

Browser hijacker also changes your default search engine in chrome. Check it and choose your preferred search engine as default.

Find Search area, click manage search engines… button.

remove ask  search engine from chrome 1

 

Make your preferred search engine, like Google.com, as default.And then remove any other suspiciously related search engine from chrome by locating it and clicking X as it shows.


remove ask-com search engine from chrome 2

When finished, open Chrome to check if the issue is gone.

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Firefox  Mozilla Firefox

 

1. Remove add-on

Open Mozilla Firefox, click on Firefox button on the top left of the window to open a dropped menu where you need to select Add-ons to open the mange add-ons window.

Firefox add-ons1

 

On the opened window of manage add-ons, click Remove button to remove Movies Toolbar and New Tab as shown in below image.

 

remove Movies toolbar from Firefox

 

Please note, in some cases, this Movies Toolbar and New Tab add-ons will be removed if you successfully uninstall Movies Toolbar for Firefox from computer.

 

Besides, you also need to check for the plugin tab on the add-on manage window, where you may also find other unwanted plugin and if any, make sure remove it as well.

 

2. Reset homepage

Click Firefox button to select Options→Options from the dropped menu.
Firefox homepage reset 1

 

On the opened window, locate General tab and reset the homepage by either entering your desired homepage like www.google.com or click on Restore to Default button. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.
firefox homepage reset

 

3. Repair search engine

In the opened Firefox window, click the right place besides the search box as shown in below image to drag out a dropped menu from there to select Manage search engines…

Remove ask search engine from firefox1

 

 

Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on suspiciously related search engine...locate it and then click Remove to remove it. Or you can just click restore to default button to repair it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.

remove ask search engine from firefox2

 

4. Configure Firefox

Open a new blank tab in your Firefox, and type about:config in the address bar to open a window as shown in below picture.

Firefox configuration

 

Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.

 

Then,  on the appeared window, type the keywords of the relate PUP, like ask in the search box to find any items with value containing the keywords of the PUP from list there and highlight the item, right click on it to select Reset, one by one.

reset firefox by ask hijacker

 

 

When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.

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IE Internet Explorer

 

1. Remove add-on 

Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on

IE manage add-on

 

There will open a window of Manage add-ons, where you need to locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find related add-on. Click the item to disable and remove.

remove movies toolbar from IE

 

Note: Some PUP’s inserted add-on/plugin in IE can only be removed through control Panel, that is to say, if you uninstall it from the Control Panel, this add-on will automatically disappear in IE.

 

2. Remove Search provider

Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search for related or unwanted search provider to locate it and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the search provider to remove is set as default, firstly you need to set other search engine like bing or google as default and then proceed the removal. )

 

remove ask search engine from IE

 

3. Reset homepage

Click on Settings icon and then select Internet Options. On the coming up window, locate → General tab → Home page area, you can either click on the Use Blank button or type your desired homepage like www.google.com in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.

reset homepage in IE

 

Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.

 

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Step 4. Remove tracking cookies, junk leftovers and maintain system performance

 

Most ads-related PUPs or browser hijackers use tracking cookies or even javascripts to track your online search habit and compromise your privacy security. Thus it is necessary to remove the related browser data including its tracking cookies and browser history to prevent its survival. To do so, Cloud System Booster would be helpful. Not only will it help you automatically clean the browser data, but also it will maintain your system performance in order to return a smooth uncluttered OS.

Cloud System Booster free version download: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Cloud System Booster Pro version: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

Instructions: 1. Download and install.

2. Click Disk Cleaner button on the main screen and then on the left navigator, locate the web browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome that you use, and then select item of removing cookies. It is recommended to select all web browsers that you have on your PC.

remove cookies using Cloud system Booster

 

2. Click Home button to back on home page and click Quick Care button and the system maintenance begins.

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Recommended for a slow PC→

 -Anvi Ultimate Defrag

If you want deep optimization, it is a good idea to defrag your hard disk using Anvi Ultimate Defrag:

This is a trial version of Anvi Ultimate Defrag download: www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html

 

 

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Step 5. Block malicious websites and pop up ads using Anvi Ad Blocker

 

To block malicious websites and pop up ads for safer surfing online, some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would be a nice choice. It provides a huge online database to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and annoying advertisements.

ad blocker

 

Anvi AD Blocker download: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html

Please note this is a trial version of Anvi Ad Blocker for 15 days free use. If you want it for longer time, you can conveniently buy it here.

 

Not only can this tool help you block those malicious, phishing websites and most advertisements to reduce risks of getting infected, but also it can assist you in filtering those unwanted URLs like search.ask.com by adding the URL into its black list.

block unwanted websites using Anvi Ad Blocker

 

>> See more on Safer Surfing online with Anvi Ad Blocker

 

If any question in the process, leave it below.

  • Robin

    Hi Ivy,

    I followed the steps you mentioned, deteled the folder corresponding the id, and found registry.pol file in the location you mentioned, yet the extension is still displayed at extensions. How can i get rid of that?

  • Ivy_Anvisoft

    Hi Adam,

    If you get Google Chrome more than version 28, the above tips will not help you solve your problem. Please try following steps.

    1. Open Google Chrome, goes to chrome://policy/, then in the Policies
    window click on Show Value.

    Then you can see below there’s a path on your computer pointing to an
    extension update file.

    It is very important find the folder with the ID of the unwanted extension
    and delete it. Otherwise, it can reinstall itself.

    2. Unwanted extension’s files are stored in Chrome’s default extensions
    folder as well. (Which was already deleted as you wrote in your previous email).

    3. Finally, navigate to C:WindowsSystem32GroupPolicyMachine
    (alternatively C:WindowsSystem32GroupPolicyUser).

    Look for Registry.pol or other .pol files that reference the extension ID.
    To do so, simply open the file with Notepad. If it’s the file you are looking
    for, delete it.

    Hope this work to solve your problem.

  • j

    Hi!
    It really worked for me.
    Thank you!

  • Ivy_Anvisoft

    Nice.

  • Ivy_Anvisoft

    Bravo. Glad to know that. :)

  • Sam

    Thank you for your answer i tried step 1 but it was a dead end, the show value didnt really help me at all, it showed this:
    mpebgjmeeejgkmjgkmkadedhfflefpge;file:///C:/ProgramData/mpebgjmeeejgkmjgkmkadedhfflefpge/update.xml

    Maybe im not an IT nerd and cant read it but i tried looking for a folder named programData, but there doesnt exist one in my computer

    Step 3: i found the grouppolicy folder but it was empty :(((